Bel on the ball in English Girls’ Championship

CHESHIRE’S Bel Wardle beat par for the second successive day to lead the English girls’ open amateur championship by four shots at the halfway stage.

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Bel Wardle (Image Leaderboard Photography)

Wardle, an England girl international, is three under-par after two rounds on the Championship course at The Nottinghamshire, adding  two-under 71 to her opening 72. 

“I can’t believe it!” said the 16-year-old from Prestbury, who was thrilled with her consistency, insisting “I’ve never been able to keep it together for two rounds.” 

Wardle  gave the credit to a great deal of hard work, both on her fitness and with her swing coach, PGA professional Richard Green of Bramhall. “That, paired with the fitness, means my game has got much better.”

She put thoughts of her first round firmly out of her mind and concentrated on driving the ball well and putting herself in good positions to make her five birdies. Her round opened and closed with a birdie and others included a chip-in in the 11th. “That put me two-under and gave me a bit of a spur on. 

“I just tried to keep it simple and stroke the putter nicely,” she said. 

Wardle’s closest rivals are a group of four players on one-over par: Harriet Allsebrook (Shifnal), Olivia Hamilton (Cleckheaton & District), Alice Barlow (Newton Green) and Dubai-based Scot Alison Muirhead. 

The shot of the day was played by 11-year-old Boh Greenwood of Rossendale who had a hole in one on the 140-yard 12th where she hit an eight-iron. 

The halfway cut fell on 14-over and 41 players qualified to play the final 36 holes today. 

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